Per the 1526 description of the Battle of Mohacs, todays Belje Wine Cellar used to provide shelter to Suleiman the Magnificent’s army. It also served as a stable and gunpowder magazine with a dungeon on its lower level.
The particularity of this largest wine cellar in Croatia is seen in its double-level architecture. The archetypal gator on the upper level dug into the Banovo Hill imitates a classic wine cellar, such that is housed on the lower level.
The upper level guards the treasured wine archive of some 20,000 bottles, the oldest among which hail from 1949. Also on the upper level is the tasting room for visitors to sample the Belje wines.
With an 8-million liter capacity and its 10,000 m 2 -surface area, the newly built state-of-the-art Belje Winery in Kamenac is a match to any such European institutions.
Vina Belje, Croatia’s largest winegrower, cultivate renowned varietals such as graševina (Welschriesling), chardonnay, pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot nero and frankovka (Blaufränkisch, Franconia).